First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.
Authorities have not yet determined the cause of death of a San Gabriel man who was found in the 1300 block of Virginia Road during the early morning hours of Nov. 19.
Tyler Perkins, 24, died of unknown causes pending the completion of a toxicology report, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Lt. Derrick Alfred.
Currently, Perkins’ death is being classified as “non-criminal,” according to Alfred, who during an interview on Monday ruled out a fall from the Circle Drive bridge as a possible cause of death. The San Marino Police Department turned the case over to the Sheriff’s Department.
Alfred said that Perkins’ injuries were “inconsistent” with those that might be caused by a fall from the bridge, which is approximately 25 feet above the surface of Virginia Road. He stated that evidence collected at the site suggests that Perkins had at one point been on the bridge and later walked down a footpath to Virginia Road. Items bearing Perkins’ name were found on the bridge as were items of food believed to be in his possession during the hours before his death.
“At some point, [Perkins] moved to the bottom of the bridge,” according to the investigation. Alfred said that the injuries sustained by Perkins were consistent with someone who “collapsed” from an undetermined medical condition.
The preliminary investigation, which was released the day of the incident, determined that Perkins’ death was not being investigated as a homicide.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.